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Acme Graduate Award Programme

A number of 12-month awards presently supporting seven graduate artists with the goal of providing a bridge between college and professional practice. Each recipient artist is selected in partnership with a university. The awards are operated by Acme and provide a bursary, rent-free studio space and a mentoring programme tailored specifically to the graduate’s practice including studio visits from other professional artists, curators, and access to networking opportunities. Recipients occupy shared and adjacent studio space in order to foster and encourage a greater degree of peer support and an environment of growth, risk-taking and excellence.

Our current programme awards:


Greta Davies
Adrian Carruthers Award (Slade School of Art)

Greta Davies works across paint, print, digital photography, stop motion animation, projection and installation and over the years her works have explored every day space and architecture, with particular interest in the unnoticed and not easily accessible places that usually pass us by. gretadaviesart.com

Greta was selected by artist Jo Brennan, Lea O’Loughlin (Head of Residencies & Awards, Acme) and Charlie Coffey (Residencies & Awards Manager, Acme) from a shortlist of six MFA graduate artists from Slade School of Art, London. The Adrian Carruthers Award is a partnership between Acme and the Slade School of Fine Art, funded by Acme and the Adrian Carruthers Memorial Fund.
 

Cora Seghal Cuthbert
City & Guilds of London School of Art Award

Through her practice, Cora Seghal Cuthbert searches for, and presents, the extraordinary in the ordinary. Cora’s work observes the connections between the personal, the cultural and a universal humanity and spirituality, which often results in installations made up of found and made objects, photography, drawing, text and documentation of social interventions.

Cora was selected by artist Andrew Grassie, Tamiko O’Brien (Principal, City & Guilds) and Charlie Coffey (Residencies & Awards Manager, Acme) from a shortlist of six MA graduate artists from City & Guilds of London School of Art. The award is a partnership between Acme and City & Guilds of London School of Art.
 

Kate Howard
Goldsmiths MFA Award

Kate Howard’s experimental sculptural practice investigates notions of gender and sexuality, playfully challenging and undermining prevailing sculptural traditions. Undermining the proposed virility of masculine modernist sculpture, Kate’s work actively challenges expectations of art and the gaze between viewer and art object. kate-howard.com

Kate was selected by Natasha Hoare (Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art), artist David Batchelor and Charlie Coffey (Residencies & Awards Manager, Acme) from a shortlist of six MFA graduate artists from Goldsmiths, University of London. The Goldsmiths MFA Award is a partnership between Acme, Goldsmiths College and Jane Hamlyn. 

 

Marylyn Molisso
Helen Scott Lidgett Award (Central Saint Martins, UAL)

Marylyn Molisso creates sculptures and installations that explore notions of anxiety and personhood, influenced by our threatened existence on earth and inspired by organic geometry and the architecture of a post-human wasteland. Through her work, Marylyn imagines the future relics we will leave behind, examining her own role as an artist making and dealing with ‘purposeless objects’. marylynmolisso.org

Marylyn was selected by artist Maeve Brennan, family representative Aaron Scott Lidgett, Lea O’Loughlin (Head of Residencies & Awards, Acme) and Charlie Coffey (Residencies & Awards Manager, Acme) from a shortlist of six MA graduate artists from Central Saint Martins, London. The Helen Scott Lidgett Award is a partnership between Acme and Central Saint Martins, funded by Acme and the Helen Scott Lidgett Fund.

 

Mitchell Vowles
Jonathan Harvey Award (Chelsea College of Arts, UAL)

Mitchell Vowles’ practice utilises the dialog of performance in art. Explored through a wide range of mediums, his work is constructed around pre-existing objects and their inherent or subjective meaning, drawing lines between consumerism and class. mitchellvowles.world  

Mitchell was selected by artist Rafal Zajko, Chris Jermyn (Founder, the Tomart Foundation), Lea O’Loughlin (Head of Residencies & Awards, Acme) and Charlie Coffey (Residencies & Awards Manager, Acme) from a shortlist of six BA graduate artists from Camberwell, Chelsea of Wimbledon College of Arts, London. The Jonathan Harvey Award is a partnership between Acme, the Tomart Foundation and University of the Arts London.

 

 

Graduate Award Studio at Warton House. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2015)

Graduate Award Studio at Warton House. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2015)

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